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PHSE329 Sport Technology

How various applications of technology have influenced the way that sport is played. Students will be required to critique the relationship of sport and technology from a multidisciplinary perspective.

This paper will consider new and emerging ways in which athletic behaviour can be measured and modified.

Paper title Sport Technology
Paper code PHSE329
Subject Physical Education
EFTS 0.1400
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $969.22
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,368.00

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PHSE 202
PHSE 531
Students with equivalent approved experience may be admitted with approval from the Dean of the School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences.
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Associate Professor Chris Button
Paper Structure
A combination of stimulus lectures, seminar discussions, practical workshops and offsite visits will be used. The range of topics that the paper typically covers includes:
  • Ethics of sport technology
  • Sports and fitness equipment
  • Clothing
  • Technologies of the body
  • Nutrition and doping
  • Officiating
  • Practice-enhancing technologies
  • Sustainability
  • Industry applications of sport technology
Ross, S. (2008). Higher, Further, Faster: Is Technology Improving Sport. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

A supplementary reading list will be provided in the course manual, which details the book chapter or research articles that complement each lecture.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
  • Provide a historical overview of changing sport technologies and predict some likely directions for sports technology to develop in the future
  • Critically appraise how technology has changed the ways in which sport and exercise are participated, watched and marketed
  • Debate the ethics/fairness of the role of technology in modern sport and provide a balanced analysis of how technology can impact upon sports performance
  • Demonstrate a range of effective communication and presentation skills (e.g. verbal, written, individual and group presentations)
  • Develop independent learning skills and demonstrate creative problem solving

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Friday 15:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
P1 Friday 09:00-10:50 28-34, 37, 40-41
P2 Friday 11:00-12:50 28-34, 37, 40-41
P3 Friday 13:00-14:50 28-34, 37, 40-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Thursday 15:00-15:50 28-34, 37, 40-41